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Friday, August 17, 2012

Child Marriage Prevention Team Assaulted, Two Marriages Stalled


MALDA, 15 JUNE: Child Helpline workers along with the administrative persons were assaulted in a bid to prevent a child marriage which was to take place on 26June next. A complaint was lodged to police in this regard. The jolt came just a day after the success of preventing two such weddings yesterday.

It is learnt that 16 year old Rukmi Das of village Kunar of Bhingol gram panchayet of Harishchandrapur-I block had passed Madhyamik examinations this year from Bhingol High School. But her aim to study Higher Secondary got a severe blow when her quack father Sudam Das arranged her marriage. Despite Rumki’s objection, the negotiation went on with a local youth. Finally the day was fixed on 26th of this month. Desperate Rumki called child helpline, a wing of social welfare department yesterday to stall her marriage.

(File photo)

Accordingly, a team of Child Helpline along with the workers of Block Development Office had visited Mr Das’s house today. But the inmates of the house came heavily on the Helpline workers. Mr Das himself led the assault; their papers were torn and they were finally driven away by the irate inmates.   

Subhasis Sen, one of the Helpline workers alleged, “When we wanted to talk to the girl’s father regarding the legal implication of this marriage we were abused, heckled and assaulted. We had to return on the face of this wrath.” However, the assaulted workers lodged complaint to block development officer (BDO) and Harishchandrapur Police Station as well. Mr Sen hoped that police and BDO would take action to prevent the marriage.

Meanwhile, two child marriages were prevented at the last moment yesterday. Sahabuddin Ahmed of village Tarapur under Chanchal Police Station, a small farmer, had four daughters. Yesterday the marriage was fixed for Parvin Khatun (14) and Gulshiyar Khatun (13). The grooms were daily laboures. But getting the information on time a team of administration led by deputy magistrate Arun Ghosh, Inspector in Charge of Chanchal Police station Jyotish Burman raided the house. The guardians were asked to stop the marriage. Finally on the face of administrative threats both the guardians of brides and grooms conceded that they did not know the rule and agreed to stop the marriage. 

Superintendent of police, Jayanta Pal said, “The father of brides gave an undertaking that he did not know the rule and promised not to marry daughters before they were 18. We did not take any legal action against him.”

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